Post # 1
What is everyone else cutting costs on? I’m a budget bride, and am trying to cut as many financial corners as possible, starting with diy favors, and making my own pie (instead of cakes), so whatca got, girls????
Post # 3
I’m going to make my own centerpieces 🙂
Post # 4
My dress is being made by a seamstress from Etsy. I bought the fabric and lace, the whole thing will end up being about $210.
I’m doing DIY decor for my informal outdoor wedding, probably bunting, centerpieces, and pretty favors. I used to be a baker, so I’m also making my cupcake tower and small cutting cake. Oh, and I’m making the bouquets too…
Post # 5
We’re getting married at his family lake house instead of renting my dream venue 🙁 A friend is catering and it’s pretty basic bbq type food. I’m also trying to get my dress second-hand.
Post # 6
Umm….basically everything. I don’t even know where to start lol.
Post # 7
My dress ended up being only 1/4 of my dress budget so I was able to allocate $1500 elsewhere. I used business connections to get a great deal on photography. I’m going with a company here that helps you build your own flowers (with their help, using their tools, etc). My fiance is super tech-handy so he’s building our photobooth. The favors are doubling as centerpieces. My shoes were $16 (still looking for a second and third back up pair though!). We’re doing beer/wine/signature drink open bar instead of a full-on free for all.
Post # 8
Second hand dress
Family owned estate for reception/ceremony
Food bought in bulk and made by family members into suitable dishes
hierloom wedding bands
fresh picked wild and local flowers
ipod type d.j
Just keeping it super casual and down to earth! We are mixing cultures, so things are different and scaled back!
Post # 9
I’m bad and didn’t make as many cuts as I had intended. But I’m making the guy’s boutonnieres – Fiance wanted them made out of guitar picks, those run $15 online for each one, I made all of them for $30. Would of been less if I had already owned a hot glue gun or if Fiance had guitar picks in our colors.
A seamstress who works out of her home is doing my dress alterations and she is very inexpensive.
I found a site that did my invites, response cards, and Save-The-Date Cards for just $150 and they are absolutely gorgeous and have shimmer cardstock paper and shimmery ink – I think I got a great deal for not DIYing them. But I did attach my own envelope liners, which took so long I wish I paid someone!
I’m borrowing my grandmother’s jewelry.
My florist is just starting out, they are twin sisters who do an amazing job (been doing it for a long time, it’s just a new company) and they were super inexpensive.
We’re getting married on a Sunday so the minimum guest count is lower.
Post # 10
@Wonderstruck: Can we see the guitar pick bouts? I’m so curious they sound awesome!
Post # 11
Awesome girls! The ideas are flowing thanks to you ladies!!!!
Post # 12
I’m DIYing everything… super cuts! lol
Post # 13
Haha, lets see:
Wedding on my family farm (so, free)
Sister is making cake/cupcakes (free)
Borrowing tables from church (free)
Wedding dress from thrift store (got 2 dresses for $83-check previous post)
Father and FI’s uncle are cooking all of the BBQ
Flowers are coming from local Public (grocery store)- buying the $5 bouquets in bulk. Each bouquet will make at least 2 centerpieces.
All decor has been being collected from flea markets, thrift stores, etc- been getting vases and candleholders for $0.50 a piece.
Photographer is just getting started basically and is REALLY GOOD. ($300 for all day coverage)
IPOD reception/FI’s cousin will DJ for free
And our bridal/bridesmaids bouquets will be silk DIYs.
I could go on and on but you get the gist….we’re definitely going to have one of the cheapest weddings you’ll see- but my goal is to not let it appear that way! 🙂
Post # 14
No flowers. At all. I am making crepe paper bouquets and our tables are going to be decorated with candles – est saving $1500
No transport. Good old ‘just married’ and cans on the back of our car – est saving $500
Plain gold wedding bands – est saving $1000
Using shoes I already have – shoes originally cost $200
Getting my and Maid/Matron of Honor hair done by friend hairdresser – est saving $200
Having an ‘ipod’ wedding reception – est saving $750
TOTAL SAVING – $4150 – wow, now I look at it like that I am saving a fair amount!
Post # 15
You guys are so good at cutting costs! I’m way too non-creative and easily frustrated to do my own flowers, and flowers were so expensive 🙁 I saved on:
DIY guest book
Only got limo for half an hour after the reception to take us to after-party (we could have skipped it, but it ended up coming in handy when a couple bridesmaids were stranded and we gave them a lift)
Had wedding on a Friday
Negotiated with bridal boutique and got free alterations
Fairly cheap invites/STD picture magnets
Post # 16
Married bee here that did alot of budget friendly things! lol
– Second hand dress.
– DIY bouquet.
– Cheap favors bought from family dollar & Dollar store. (Homemade suckers shaped like snow flakes that was blue with tiny little white painted on snow flakes that we put inside of a holiday card that went in a envelope.)
– Bought our cake at foodycity.
– Second hand suit for hubby.
– My family members took our pictures. My mom took them during the ceremony & reception & my sister took some posed ones of us. They turned out great! & My camera has built in edit where you can smooth your skin & everything, so that worked out also!
– We bought alot of our decorations from the family dollar & the dollar tree.
– We did a buffet instead of sit down dinner (which we had a small wedding of around 20 some people including me & my husband there.) So we did party tray foods & Homemade things like chocolate covered pretzels, peanut butter balls, we had alot of different cookies, ect.
– We lucked out & didn’t even have to decorate the ceremony area (got married in hubby’s family Church) Because they already had it decorated beautifully for Christmas & we had a winterwonderland theme in December–So it worked out perfectly!
– I did my own hair & my own makeup.
– Otherwise simple things like cutting back guest list, cash bar, buffet instead of sit down dinner, DIYing, going second hand on some things, cutting things you don’t really need out if you need to, ect.